Submitted by Admin on Fri, 04/12/2013 - 12:58

The legendary Orchard Beach has been serving NYC loyalists since the 1930's, making it the oldest and only one in Bronx county.

Its famous Promenade is being revitalized, introducing classics such as the assorted food stands and music concert, which have received updates.

The 1.1 mile-long boardwalk mixes with classic beachfront scenes, making for a one-of-a-kind experience.

The Bronx's only beach is an engineering marvel. Covering a mile and 115 acres, it was originally conceived as the "Riviera of New York," and its promise is carried out in its promenade lined with shops, playgrounds, picnic areas, and more than two dozen sports courts. On hot days this beach draws tens of thousands of families, swimmers, athletes, and loungers. On cooler days, its shores make a perfect setting for peaceful strolls, and its basketball and volleyball courts and its playgrounds continue to welcome all of its neighbors.

On hot summer days, this refuge is used by tens of thousands of sunbathers. Admission is free, but there is a fee for parking. Changing areas and showers are available. Off-season, Orchard Beach is a favorite spot for a peaceful stroll.

You can reach City Island and Orchard Beach by taking the 6 Subway line and transferring to the MTA Bus for a very short ride. The 6 is just steps from the ultra-hip east side of Manhattan.

Photo: Malcolm Pinckney